Scholes backs United starlets

Former England midfielder believes in United's new batch of stars

Paul Scholes: United legend ready to lend his experience to club¿s young players

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Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes reckons the young players in the squad for the club's pre-season tour will flourish.

The midfield maestro's influence was demonstrated as he helped a youthful Red Devils team to victory against AmaZulu in their first pre-season game in South Africa on Wednesday.

Teenager Jesse Lingard was paired with the former England international at the heart of midfield, while fellow youngsters Marnick Vermijl, Davide Petrucci and Federico Macheda all featured.

Scholes worked briefly as part of the coaching staff of United's reserves last season, before returning to playing following his short retirement.

And many may be unaware of the ability of the latest youngsters to emerge from the Old Trafford production line, Scholes maintains they have the ability to make an impact in Sir Alex Ferguson's team.

Potential

"I'm glad these young players are here," he told MUTV.

"For the first half of last year, I worked with a lot of these players and know what potential they've got and how good they can be.

"They proved that in the reserves last year and went on to win nearly everything they were in, I think, and now this is a big chance for them to step up to the first team and show what they can do.

"On the evidence of the game the other night, they all stepped up and played really well."